The Department of Environment (DoE) says the US $250 million Peace Love & Happiness project in the Palmetto area in Barbuda poses a potential of major risks to human life on the island.
In a letter from the department dated November, 19th, 2019, said the project presented “a potential risk to the entire water system of Barbuda, human life as well as to wildlife and the eco systems”.
While the department granted permission in principle for Phase 1 of the Peace, Love and Happiness (PLH) golf course project, it made it clear that the developers must complete an Environmental Management Plan after the project has been commissioned.
“The developer should also be aware of the vulnerability of the site to the impact of climate change; particularly to sea level rise and storm surges and should therefore take the necessary steps to incorporate adaptation measures into the design of the project,” the letter continued.
The department further noted in its review report that some of the proposed injection wells, extraction wells and a proposed irrigation pond are outside of the boundaries of the project, recommending that the developers verify whether the use of these lands are permitted.
Meanwhile, a research, conducted by the Global Coral Reef Alliance (GCRA), a non-profit organisation for protection and sustainable management of coral reefs, documents its findings which suggest that the project “should be rejected on several grounds”.
Also earlier this month, Barbuda Member of Parliament Trevor Walker says he will oppose aspects of the Peace Love & Happiness project on environmental grounds.
“And I want to make it abundantly clear that our position has been that we are not going to compromise the integrity of our environment for anybody,” Walker told residents.